Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society opens nominations for 2022 Alumni Awards

The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society (PSHRS) and Penn State School of Hospitality Management have opened nominations for its annual alumni awards. An awards ceremony and reception for the winners and the broader alumni and school community will be held in conjunction with the school’s 17th annual Alumni in the Classroom event in October 2022.

The deadline for Penn State Hospitality Alumni, Friends, and Employers to nominate candidates is May 1, 2022.

“PSHRS is honored to honor our fellow graduates who have distinguished themselves in their careers and have represented all students and alumni of Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management in high regard,” said Ashley Akright, President of the Penn State Hotel. and Restaurant Society. “These prestigious nominees prove that while exceptional hospitality can impact a moment, hospitality management education can impact a lifetime. The impact each professional has in their business and community strengthens our industry, with a resounding “We Are!”

This year’s awards ceremony will take place on the University Park campus in the Marriott Foundation Building, the school’s Collaboratory for Inclusion and Innovation.

“We continue to be impressed by the example our alumni have set throughout the pandemic, thriving despite the headwinds the industry has faced throughout the current recovery,” Donna said. Quadri-Felitti, director of the Marvin Ashner Endowed School of Hospitality Management. “Our Alumni Award recipients are beacons of success and the pride of their employers and alma mater. We are looking for the best role models for our current cohort of promising undergraduate and PhD students. »

Penn Staters’ recognition in the hospitality industry began more than seven decades ago and has grown to represent a wide range of alumni achievements across the industry. The awards include Alumni of the Year, Alumni Industry Achievement, Emerging Professionals – Graduate, Emerging Professionals – Undergraduate, and others.

“Year after year, it’s amazing to see all the accomplishments Penn State School of Hospitality Management graduates are able to achieve,” said Pat Howley, Director of Industry and Alumni Relations for the School of Hospitality. Management. “When our students have the opportunity to connect with these industry leaders, it only reinforces the values ​​and work ethic that are instilled in them throughout their coursework.”

Recent Alumni of the Year recipients include Ken Young, Executive Chairman, Spectra Food Services and Hospitality (2021), Tom Neely, Chairman of Thomas E. Strauss, Inc. and President of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (2020), and George Dabney, Principal and Chief Financial Officer, Noble Investment Group (2019).

The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society (PSHRS) was founded to strengthen all hospitality professions and enhance the reputation of the hospitality management program. PSHRS is a group of affiliate programs of the Penn State Alumni Association and the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society.

The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society (PSHRS)

PSHRS provides a way to achieve a closer fellowship among alumni, faculty, and students. PSHRS serves those currently attending Penn State in Hospitality Management or who have graduated from the program, as well as those who work in the hospitality industries and have attended Penn State or are “friends” of the program.

About Penn State School of Hospitality Management

Founded in 1937, Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected hospitality management schools. Its top-ranked undergraduate and doctoral programs prepare global leaders with a rigorous and diverse curriculum that has focused since its inception on committed scholarship, with partnerships with hospitality, housing and support services. Penn State catering and the world’s leading hotel brands. It is also home to Penn State’s oldest alumni program group, PSHRS.

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